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  • Class of 2019 Bachelor’s Degree Graduates Saw Uptick in Outcomes, Salaries

    BETHLEHEM, PA—Class of 2019 college graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees found 2019 to be a very good year as they saw increases in both positive outcomes and salaries, according to new data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

    Overall, nearly nine out of 10 bachelor’s degree graduates (86%) from the Class of 2019 had either landed in a job or were enrolled to further their education, according to results of NACE’s Class of 2019 First-Destination Survey. Although that is only slightly higher than the 85.7% posted by the Class of 2018, it is the highest positive outcome rate reported since NACE first began reporting with the Class of 2014. (See Figure 1.)

    While 2019 graduates saw just a small increase in their employment rate compared to their 2018 counterparts, their gains in salary were substantial: The median salary for 2019 bachelor’s degree graduates employed full time was $52,714, a 6% increase from the median of $49,725 in 2018.

    Figure 1: Class of 2019 bachelor’s degree results

    Total Graduates 549,972
    Knowledge Rate 65.6%
    Career Outcomes Percentage 86.0%
    Percent Employed Overall 64.6%
         Percent Employed Full-time 59.7%
         Percent Employed Part-time 4.9%
    Percent Service 0.8%
    Percent Military 0.9%
    Percent Continuing Education 18.6%
    Percent Seeking Outcome 13.8%
         Percent Seeking Employment 11.1%
         Percent Seeking Continuing Education 2.7%
    Not Seeking 1.3%
    Mean Starting Salary $54,488
    Median Starting Salary $52,714
    Source: First Destinations for the College Class of 2019, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    About NACE’s Class of 2019 First-Destination Survey: Data for the Class of 2019 were collected through the end of December 2019 and reported to NACE through April 2020. Overall, 358 schools provided information about their 2019 graduates, including 349 that reported outcomes for a combined 550,000 bachelor’s degree graduates. This translates to results for 27.7% of all Class of 2019 bachelor’s degree graduates. Detailed outcomes data for bachelor’s and master’s degree students—reported by region, control, Carnegie Classification, size of school, and academic program—are available in NACE’s Class of 2019 Outcomes Dashboard.

    About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media.